people from going to the polls. people were fed up with the corrupt government. they didn't think things were going to change. many people thought karzai was going to win no matter what happened. >> let's talk about general mcchrystal's assessment, reportedly that america and nato will need to send more troops. surprising to you? >> it isn't surprising. we have a long way to go to make afghanistan safe, especially in the south and the east. now, the problem is i don't think there's a lot of support here in washington for sending additional troop. so it isn't clear to me that mcchrystal will actually ask for more troops right away. he may ask for them in the next month. but what he may try to do instead is do a little creative mathematics. maybe move some of the jobs that soldiers are doing, noncombat jobs, to contractors so he can bring in more fighting forces. that's what we really need, are additional fighting forces on the ground. >> karen von hiple, in washington, d.c., thank you very much for joining us.